Fracking and Rock Fracture: Scaling, Process of Fracture, Computer Models, Experiments, and Natural Examples

Session ID#: 27238

Session Description:
High volume, low frictional resistance fracking has unlocked oil and gas shale resources that had been inaccessible to production. How high volume fracking induces distributed fracturing that allows oil and gas recovery is not understood. The properties and scaling of natural fractures are known, but remain unknown for fracking. Fracking involves many interacting physical processes, including fluid flow, rock deformation, utilization of preexisting natural fractures, and feedbacks from the evolving fracture network.


This session solicits papers on field, laboratory, and theoretical research that address the complexity of fracking and natural fracture, including but not limited to: (1) The basic mechanics of high volume hydraulic fracturing (2) The role of preexisting natural fractures in the process (3) Interactions between fluid injection and fracture branching (4) role of hydraulic fracturing in naturally formed fractures.

Primary Convener:  Christopher C Barton, Wright State University, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dayton, OH, United States
Conveners:  Lawrence M Cathles, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States and Donald L Turcotte, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, United States
Index Terms:

4430 Complex systems [NONLINEAR GEOPHYSICS]
4460 Pattern formation [NONLINEAR GEOPHYSICS]
4475 Scaling: spatial and temporal [NONLINEAR GEOPHYSICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Gianluca Caramiello, Andrea Montanino, Gabriele Della Vecchia Sr and Anna Pandolfi Sr, Politecnico di Milano, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Milano, Italy
Stephan Gehne1, Philip M Benson2, Nick Koor2, Katherine J Dobson3, Mark Enfield4 and Asa Barber2, (1)University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1, United Kingdom, (2)University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, (3)University of Durham, Earth Sciences, Durham, United Kingdom, (4)EPI Group, Ewelme, United Kingdom
Lawrence M Cathles1, William Edward Sanford2, Adam Hawkins1 and Yan Vivian Li3, (1)Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States, (2)Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, United States, (3)Colorado State University, Fiber Science, Fort Collins, CO, United States